Think you know wallpaper?

I’ve always had an aversion to wallpaper. Specifically, I’ve had an aversion to that yellow/green 70s style wallpaper plastered in every room of every grandmother’s house. You know, the one with the awful patterns that people in home reno shows always point to and say “THAT will definitely have to go…it makes this (kitchen/bathroom/living room) look sooo outdated!”

But, as with most things, it doesn’t help to think about what something was but rather look at what it is now. Wallpaper has made a huge comeback lately, and I’m totally ready to jump on the bandwagon. With modern design and aesthetics, wallpaper (like decals) is a great way to decorate without painting just one colour. Unlike decals, however, wallpaper requires you to commit a bit more – getting it up and, more importantly off, can be a bit of a challenge. But if you’re up for it, wallpaper can add some great dimensions to a room:

Wallpaper can be used on any wall...including the ceiling! I love the subtlety of this particular design, via Apartment Therapy.

Wallpaper can be used on any wall…including the ceiling! I love the subtlety of this particular design, via Apartment Therapy.

 

I love this pattern for a kid's room or nursery. From Jill Malek, c/o Apartment Therapy.

I love this pattern for a kid’s room or nursery – either as an accent wall or the whole room. From Jill Malek, c/o Apartment Therapy.

 

The look of texture this wallpaper brings is fantastic. Imagine this as a backsplash in a kitchen! Via Anthropologie.

The look of texture this wallpaper brings is fantastic. Imagine this as a backsplash in a kitchen! Via Anthropologie.

If you're not quite ready to take the plunge on a full wall or even a full room of wallpaper, you can simply take a sheet of it and frame it up for a touch of design and unique pattern in a room. Via Real Simple.

If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge on a full wall or even a full room of wallpaper, you can simply take a sheet of it and frame it up for a touch of design and unique pattern in a room. Via Real Simple.

 

I really like the idea of using a geometric pattern wallpaper as a backsplash or as an accent wall in a living or bedroom. If you’re up for a little reading, Houzz has a brief history of wallpaper, from its origins in the early-15th century to today. You’ll see the textures and designs evolve over time, and may even be inspired by something very retro. And, of course, here are a few tips on how to actually apply your fabulous new wallpaper.

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